Baker On Hayter/Kiefer Controversy: “It’s Going To Make Sense”, Does This Mean Solid Snake Is Back?

Two years and counting, David Hayter’s controversial replacement is still in the news.

Posted By | On 01st, Apr. 2015 Under Article, Feature | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet

Troy Baker, the voice of Ocelot and also almost every major video game character these days was recently interviewed by Fraggednation. Among the different topics discussed, Baker was asked how the relationship between Ocelot and Big Boss will build up in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

“A lot of this is going to be how Kojima works…a lot of this will be revealed through gameplay so I don’t want to give away too much. I definitely think you are going to see a different side of Ocelot than you have seen before,” Troy Baker said.

And whether he is doing anything different with the character, Troy stated that it’s natural that he will use his creativity to further make the character standout. “I think it’s natural that you do that but the beauty that I have is that Ocelot is like the Cid in Final Fantasy with the exception that Ocelot is in every game. I have got so much resource material to pull from to make it feel like the same character. Intrinsically it’s going to change when it’s a different actor so, I love what Patric Zimmerman did, I love what Josh Keaton did so I have a lot to look past but hopefully I will do something that will keep the characters fresh and new.”

Ocelot is known to be a sadistic character and The Phantom Pain will be a dark and a controversial game. So will Ocelot be the only character that will do objectionable stuff? “I would say that every character in this [game] has some shade of controversy that it will contribute to but you would be surprised to know that it doesn’t just come from Ocelot.”


Regarding Hayter being replaced by Sutherland for the role of Snake, Baker has shared his views in the past asking fans to reserve judgment and although he says the same thing again in the interview, he does states something intriguing. According to him, Hayter’s replacement will make sense when players play the game. He also asks players to stick with the game.

“I will also say this to any Hayter lovers [laughs]. I love David Hayter. He has been with the franchise since the beginning. David Hayter is amazing, he loves the character. Kiefer Sutherland came in and knocked it out of the park. He did a great job. He was honoring the character Hayter helped create. He is doing something different. It’s going to make sense. Just stick with it, play the game before you reserve any judgments.”

Another thing that I found odd is that Baker was never questioned about Hayter and still he is giving his views on it and asking Hayter lovers to wait and watch. Of course, he is very much entitled to say whatever he wants but its been over 2 years since Hayter was replaced. Is he returning back as Solid Snake? I have reported a lot of stuff in the past that might possibly indicate that he is returning as Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Sound files that sound remarkably similar to Hayter have been found in the PC version of Ground Zeroes, Hayter has time and time again stated that he is not in the game but for some strange reason he continues to discuss about it. I recently conducted an interview with Hayter and for some reason all my questions related to MGS5 were left unanswered. Look, voice actors come and go but Snake has always been identified by the voice of David Hayter. Snake’s character has already been established by Hayter and his replacement is nothing but shocker for fans, even today.

I might be cluthcing at straws here but I firmly believe that he is in the game as Solid Snake with The Phantom Pain ending with a boss battle between Big Boss and Solid Snake, Father and Son. There is far too much noise going for Hayter to be not in it. Regardless, we will all know the truth in a few months.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain launches September 1st on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and September 15th, 2015 on the PC.

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